said by hottboiinnc:
And the FCC says that the privilege goes away. Just because you pay now doesn't mean you'll pay later. Meaning it goes away.
The copper can't just "go away". The FCC would need to rule that there was adequate competition, which in two recent proceedings they declined to do.
To further bolster competition, the state of CA passed AB 1315 last year, which states in part that:
This bill would provide that if an incumbent local exchange
carrier files a forbearance petition with the FCC requesting that the
FCC forbear from enforcing that carrier's duty to provide to any
requesting telecommunications carrier nondiscriminatory access to
network elements on an unbundled basis at any technically feasible
point on rates, terms, and conditions that are just, reasonable, and
nondiscriminatory, within any metropolitan statistical area located
in the state, the PUC would be required to participate in that
forbearance proceeding by filing comments on the petition, providing
data on competition in the metropolitan statistical area that is the
subject of the petition, and taking any other action that advances
the state's policies promoting competition in telecommunications
See the full text here: »ftp
In any case, I'm not real worried about the copper disappearing, that's simply FUD at this point.